Apple Inc. general counsel Bruce Sewell pitched an idea for making corporate litigation more efficient: break it into phases and avoid multiple, simultaneous discovery processes.
“There are many cases in which cost is a more important function of efficiency than speed, and if we focus too heavily on speed, some things become counterproductive, and you can end up parallel processing,” Sewell told an audience of lawyers and legal professionals at Stanford Law School. “The sense is that, to get to an end point by a certain time, we do everything now. If you parallel everything, almost, by definition, you’ll end up with redundancy.”
Sewell was participating in a group discussion with other Bay Area in-house lawyers as part of “General Counsel & The Courts a Dialogue,” an event sponsored by a bevy of law firms and hosted by both the law school and the Federal Bar Association. He was joined on the panel by Nest Labs Inc. general counsel Richard “Chip” Lutton, Genentech Inc. general counsel Sean Johnston, HP Inc. chief legal officer Kim Rivera and Stanford University general counsel Debra Zumwalt.
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